657 South Ohio Avenue
Columbus, OH 43205
School year hours: 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Summer Program hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Ohio Avenue Youth Center provides a safe, positive environment where young people are encouraged to think creatively, try new experiences, develop tools for self-expression, and give back to their community through the arts or service projects. In a high risk neighborhood with few opportunities, Ohio Avenue Youth Center offers a safe and trusting environment where positive relationships are built.
• Ohio Avenue Youth Center focuses on increasing self-esteem and positive values, and providing alternatives to substance abuse, violence, and other delinquent behavior.
• We specifically utilize activities to help strengthen interpersonal skills, leadership, and personal responsibility.
• We offer activities in the form of expressive and performance arts, recreation/fitness and group education activities that focus on tapping into the creative abilities and interests of the youth.
• During the school year the center is open Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. providing structured activities during a time of day when the risk for youth’s involvement in delinquent behavior is highest.
• All after-school programming includes the following prevention services:
- Healthy Leaders Groups
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Life Skills Education Groups
- Creative Arts - music, dance, visual
- Homework Help
- Computer Skills
• The building has a full-size gymnasium, a large multi-purpose room, significant space on the lower level for sports and fitness equipment, and a computer lab that youth use for homework help.
• Youth help prepare and cook a meal that is served each evening. This is part of our nutrition education program that focuses on nutritious food and healthy cooking
• The Center is open to both current DFYF clients receiving counseling or other services, and neighborhood youth who register with their parents’ approval.
• Center activities are provided free of charge to youth, removing any financial barriers for families.
Healthy Leaders: Our leadership program includes discussion groups that address the following issues:
• qualities of a good leader
• anger management
• conflict resolution
• decision-making and problem-solving skills
• consequences of substance use and delinquent behaviors
• personal goal-setting, and much more
Additionally, Healthy Leader participants complete Community Service Projects four times a year
Computer Lab: Homework help is provided daily to all the youth who need assistance. Additionally Computer Education classes assist youth with basic computer knowledge and navigating all aspects of the computer.
Music: All aspects of music education and development to play a variety of instruments, read music and participate in a wide range of community performances throughout the year.
Visual Art: Ceramics, jewelry making, print making, painting, drawing, mixed media and fiber art are all taught and developed with all youth that participate in the program.
Dance: Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop and other specialty dances are taught to both boys and girls that have an interest in dance. They also perform in a variety of community events throughout the year.
Recreation/Fitness: Many different types of recreation are offered in our full size gym. We also have fitness and exercise room with weight and aerobic equipment; all aspects of fitness are available to all the youth.
Life Skills: Our life skills group teaches participant’s critical life and social skills as a means of promoting health and well-being in youth.